Are Peace of Mind and Happiness the Same?

Question: Are Peace of Mind and Happiness the Same?

I am not clear about a thing. In Krishna Consciousness are happiness and peace of mind the same thing? Or are they different?

Answer: Similar But Different

They are almost the same, but they are slightly different as explained in the Bhagavad-gita:

nāsti buddhir ayuktasya
na cāyuktasya bhāvanā
na cābhāvayataḥ śāntir
aśāntasya kutaḥ sukham

"One who is not connected with the Supreme [in Krishna consciousness] can have neither transcendental intelligence nor a steady mind, without which there is no possibility of peace. And how can there be any happiness without peace?"
--Bhagavad-gita 2.66

In other words, a peaceful state of mind is a prerequisite of happiness. It is required that one have a peaceful mind in order to be happy.

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